Danish midfielder Christian Eriksson has been taken to hospital after falling on the field during a European Championship match.
Copenhagen: Danish midfielder Kristian Eriksson was taken to hospital on Saturday after falling on the field during a European Championship match, causing play to be suspended for more than 90 minutes.
European football’s governing body said Ericsson had been stabilized and the Danish football federation said he was awake.
The Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland was called off in the 43rd minute with a score of 0-0. It resumed at 8:30 p.m. local time.
UEFA said the two teams had an emergency meeting before deciding whether to continue playing. When they started warming up for the second time, the players came back on the field with great enthusiasm.
Mathias Jensen replaced Ericsson in the Denmark lineup. Only a few minutes were played before the break of less time than usual.
Eriksson was given immediate medical attention on the field for about 10 minutes after a fall near the end of the first half. He was then taken on a stretcher. UEFA then announced that the game had been suspended “due to a medical emergency”.
Ericsson had just played a short pass when he fell forward on the ground. His teammates immediately signaled for help and medics rushed to the field. Ericsson was given chest compressions as his Denmark teammates stood around him in a shielding wall for privacy.
Ericsson’s partner, Sabrina Quist Jensen, went to the field and was comforted by Danish captain Simon Kajer and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
The Finnish players were surrounded by their benches and eventually walked off the field, while the Inter Milan midfielder was still being treated, as was done by the referee.
Ericsson was eventually moved to loud cheers, with his teammates walking next to the stretcher.
Inter Milan team doctor Piero Volpi told The Associated Press that the Italian club had been in contact with the Danish football federation.
“We are in contact with the Danish Federation, the team manager, the team physician. But we still don’t know anything,” said Volpi. “We heard what UEFA said and we are all happy that he has stabilized. But that’s all we know.”
Volpi said Ericsson never contracted COVID-19, has no medical conditions that he is aware of and has passed every medical exam without any problems since joining Inter in January 2020 from Tottenham is of.
“But we’ll talk about that when the time is right,” Volpi added of Ericsson’s medical history. “Right now, the important thing is that he has recovered.”
Ericsson is one of Denmark’s biggest stars and the incident shook Parken Stadium, where some 15,000 fans fell in silence. Some supporters can be seen crying and hugging in the stands.
As fans in the stadium waited for updates, Finnish supporters began chanting “Christian”, which was responded by Danish fans shouting “Eriksen”.
There was a huge roar from all the supporters when the stadium announcer said that Ericsson was “steady and awake”.
The incident brought back memories of other football players who had fallen on the field, including Fabrice Mumba, who required CPR in 2012 when he fell in a match between Bolton and Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Mumba, who made a full recovery, tweeted “Please God” after Ericsson was taken to the hospital.
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